Households in the United States spent an average of $9,737 annually on transportation in 2017, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s “2018 Transportation Statistics Annual Report.” That figure includes an average of $9,032 on a personal vehicle.
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Households in the top fifth of income spent more than five times as much as households in the bottom fifth, $18,190 compared with $3,497.
“Higher income households spend more because they own more vehicles,” the Transportation Department said. “Households in the top income quintile owned an average of 2.8 vehicles per household in 2017, while households in the bottom income quintile averaged 1.0 vehicles per household.”
Sources: U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics